First Blooms – Oil Painting


Plein Air Oil Landscape Painting     12 x 9 inches     See Pricing

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I painted this spring view when I had just returned from the Plein Air and Oil Painters of America conventions, flush with new brushes, luscious tubes of oil paint and ambitious ideas. I wanted to use the new supplies to capture my favorite time in our gardens: when the first blooms are just starting to come up and all of the plants are small, tidy and hopeful. The whole summer was ahead and all the floral joy that it brings.

I was especially focused on trying to portray distance and atmosphere, to create the feeling of objects receding into the distance, not all existing on one flat plane.

I’ve painted this part of the garden a lot over the years in different mediums and different seasons…

 

 


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This artwork was created on: Linen Panel
Medium: Sennelier, Gamblin, Michael Harding and Richeson Oil Paints

Out Back – Oil Painting


Plein Air Oil Architecturee Painting     8 x 10 inches     See Pricing
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An old farm on a country road near Saline. The non-descript white house was a bit bland, but it looked like something a smidge more interesting was going on in back…
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This artwork was created on: Linen Panel
Medium: Sennelier, Gamblin, Michael Harding and Richeson Oil Paints

Mountain Maryland Plein Air Festival 4


In the Blue Hills

Plein air pastel landscape painting       12 inches x 12 inches   See Pricing
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The last day of the festival I traveled deeper into the countryside where there were less and less people and houses. I have no idea where I was when I painted the above piece. Like usual, I just wandered til something caught my eye.

But I definitely knew that I wanted to do a wooded scene of one of the many rivers in the area. I found Big Run National Park to be the perfect spot for me. There was no need to hike into a secluded area carrying all my equipment. The road through the park was parallel to the river with lots of turn off areas… and no people!

All in all, Mountain Maryland was a fantastic festival experience. I’m hoping to be invited back!

I’d love to see you at the opening night of the Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival on Friiday, August 18 from 5-8pm. Juried in artists from all over the country have painted the area and there will be awards and  hundreds of paintings to view, as well as jazz and refreshments in a beautiful square in downtown Dexter, Michigan. If you can’t make it Friday night, the tent will be open on Saturday and Sunday too. Come on by!


This artwork was created with:
Paper: Warm grey Kitty Wallis and Foamcore
Medium: Rembrandt Pastels and Sennelier Pastels

Mountain Maryland Plein Air Festival 3

 


Oakleaf Hydrangeas

Plein air pastel architecture painting       12inches x 9 inches     SOLD
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I painted a couple of architecture paintings at the Mountain Maryland Plein Air Festival. I canvased the old mansion area of Cumberland one late afternoon and found a beautiful old home with a front yard garden that I couldn’t refuse. As I was starting my pastel the owner of the house came out to chat. I didn’t recognize him but I finally realized that he was the director of the Allegany Arts Council, the organization running the festival! What are the odds that of the thousands of homes in Cumberland, I would choose his house? Totally amazing. He ended up purchasing the painting at the gala.


Sand Springs Saloon

Plein air pastel architecture painting       9 inches x 12 inches   See Pricing
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This cute little bar was outside of down Frostburg. I kept driving by it when I was looking for landscapes to paint and finally gave in and set up my easel across the street.


Midnight Run

Plein air pastel nocturne painting       9 inches x 12 inches   See Pricing
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The festival was giving an award for a nocturne painting so, although I’d never done one en plein air in pastel before, I thought I’d give it a try. It was an awful stormy night and the only sheltered spot I could find was a strip mall across from the local Wendy’s. I think the passing shoppers thought I had a screw loose.


This artwork was created with:
Paper: UArt, Kitty Wallis and Foamcore painted with orange pastel ground
Medium: Rembrandt Pastels
and Sennelier Pastels

 

Mountain Maryland Plein Air Festival 2


Little Meadows
Plein air pastel landscape painting       12 inches x 12 inches    SOLD
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After the first day of the Mountain Maryland Plein Air Festival, the rest of the time just blurred together for me. Up early, coffee, paint, paint, eat, paint, paint, paint, shower, drop in bed and start over. There is nothing like forced creativity to improve your craft. You can’t overthink each piece, but you give each one your very best. I believe I did these two pieces on the second day.

The artwork above was one of those paintings that came effortlessly. I had found the view (from an old abandoned motel at the top of a hill) when I was canvasing the area and knew I just had to capture it. I later found out that Little Meadows was a common encampment area for George Washington and his troops in the the 1750s. This painting won second place in the competition and was purchased by the originator of the festival.


Morning Beach
Plein air pastel landscape painting       14 inches x 11 inches   See Pricing
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I drove down to a little treasure, New Germany State Park, and set up on a quiet, deserted beach. Within 20 minutes it was swarming with school kids and campers, but I stuck to my original vision of the site. People stopped by and chatted and I had a crowd of  fascinated miniature artists asking questions and watching every stroke. I love when that happens….


This artwork was created with:
Paper: Foamcore painted with orange pastel ground
Medium: Rembrandt Pastels
and Sennelier Pastels

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